The concept of a focal point is frequently discussed in design. It’s a fundamental design principle that extends beyond interior design. It’s something that’s used in everything from photography and art to fashion—yes, you might be thinking about it when getting ready in the morning! So, what exactly is a focal point?
Generally, the focal point of an image, a space, or a vital piece of clothing captures the viewer’s attention. It’s the area of the room you notice first when we’re talking about a living room, usually because it’s more dramatic than the other surrounding elements. Consider entering a blinding white room as an example. If the sole thing in the room is a large window, that will be the first thing you notice and the focal point.
What is the value of a focal point in a living room? It aids in the centring of the area and serves as an anchor point. All the minor parts of your room may feel cluttered if you don’t create a focal point, and they may not appear connected. It’s a crucial component of any space and something you should consider when remodelling your living room.
When it comes to focal points, the biggest secret is that you can have more than one! Most living rooms include a few natural elements that pull the eye in, so it’s only natural to let them shine! (You don’t have to choose just one to highlight if you have a large picture window on one wall, a fireplace on another, and a great sofa.)
Consider how they interact with one another before beginning to plan your area. When you enter a room, you may see one item, but after you sit down, your focus will move to the person across from you. It could be as essential as how you arrange your furniture to draw attention to many components simultaneously or how you employ colour in your room.
Focal Point Ideas for The Living Room
So, now that you know the focal point, where do you look for one in your living room? Let’s start with the elements that are already present in the space. Take a peek at the walls first.
Most living rooms have only one or two walls free of doorways or closets, making them excellent focus points. Highlighting barriers may be done in various ways, from wallpaper and boldly colourful accent walls to adding art or mirrors to attract attention.
Fireplaces are another excellent example of a built-in element that works as a focal point. If you’ve got a mantle, you can use paint or different finishes to make it stand out, and even place your TV or an excellent piece of artwork above it to make it stand out even more. They’re a natural focal point because they break up a solid wall and create some added texture.
Windows are also apparent focal points in a space, especially if you have huge windows with a beautiful view. Your eye will naturally focus on your window if it is at the opposite end of the area from the doorway, so you won’t need to add much to it. If you have a smaller window, consider using it as a feature wall or placing a piece of statement furniture in front of it to draw attention.
Focal points are also primarily dictated by function, which means they are decided by how you intend to use the space. These can be items that aren’t built into the area but that you want to make a statement with. Set up your furniture to face a giant screen TV and add unique components surrounding it, such as placing it on top of an excellent shelf unit with some fantastic decorative pieces below it.
Walls of Feature as Focal Points
Adding vivid colour to a room is one of our favourite ways to create a focal point. Choose one wall to work with and leave the others in a more natural, toned-down colour. This could be a plain wall that you want to dress up with cool wallpaper or a bold paint colour that draws attention to a piece of art or makes your sofa stand out.
Make a list of a handful of your favourite items in the space and choose a colour that matches the colours in those pieces to create the perfect feature wall. Whether your chosen wall contains built-in components such as a fireplace mantle or shelving, consider if you want to paint those elements a different colour to make them stand out or if you want them to blend in more.
If your living room has a few focus areas, you can use colour to guide people’s attention. When you go into a living room, for example, a wide window at the end of the space may draw your eye right away, so you can make that wall more subdued. Save your bright colours for the next feature you want to draw attention to, such as a fireplace or a TV wall.
Other Focal Points
In addition, every piece in your living space can act as a focal point, for example:
- Side tables;
- Floor lamps;
- Coffee tables;
- Light fixtures;
- Wall decors;
JXF Painting Service can help you remodel your living area and create those fantastic focus points when you’re ready! We provide free consultations to assess your site and assist you in determining what you require.
Whether you’re having trouble deciding which colours to use or need help to organize your focal points, we’re here to help! You’ll be delighted when painting day arrives, and you will have an entirely new living room in just one day! To get started, schedule a no-cost, no-obligation estimate now!